2017-18 Exhibition Season

Gateway to the Subconscious presents a body of work inspired by the totality of living organisms.
Forms from nature are intertwined with plant and animal species to create a surreal interplay of dance and geometry.
The results of Marjorie’s unusual alchemy are striking and mysterious animated spaces teeming with life.

I’m interested in the connection and synergy of all living organisms.
My artwork is a stream of the subconscious; a meditation where each new element leads to another,
and the connections between them evolve – sometimes with surprising results!
• Marjorie Darrow •

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This exhibition explores the craft, creativity and innovations of custom, handmade musical instruments with a focus on guitars.
From ancient instrument to cultural icon, the guitar embodies distinction as a work of art created to make music.
Featuring luthiers working in small studios from across northern California, the exhibit provides insight into the creative process 
as well as showcases numerous finished works.



 Mark King    Michihiro Matsuda  Chris Morimoto  •  Mike Peterson   Ervin Somogyi
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Expressions! Selections is a presentation of honored entries from the Tracy Art League’s 27th annual Expressions! exhibition,
held in February at the Tracy Community Center.  This year a selection of 31 works by 28 Artists have been chosen for
special recognition in this feature exhibition 
by William Wilson, Cultural Arts Manager at the Grand.

Each year a City of Tracy – Civic Art Collection Purchase Award is issued, and a Panel Discussion exploring
the value and roles of living/working artists in our community is presented.

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Marking the Path features a celebrated group of international studio glass artists
including Mark Abildgaard, Tali Grinshpan, Jay Musler & Mary Louise White, and is curated by Abhilasha Natarajan.
Their contemporary practice is part of a lineage from the American mid-20th Century movement, whereby glass production moved
from large factories to small artist’s studios.  The exhibition explores the artists’ physical and spiritual journeys through
the dynamic evolution of studio glass art across a variety of techniques and styles.

 “The road taken by glass artists is new, exciting and largely still exploratory.
The glass represented in Marking the Path characterizes five individual journeys joined in the wonderfully adaptable, glass medium.
Visitors will experience a sampling of the evolution of studio glass art over the last 60 years.
Not only have these artists made marks along their physical, spiritual and emotional journeys, but also have opened pathways for others to follow.”

Abhilasha Natarajan, Curator  •

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As part of the annual Holidays at the Grand programming, a special exhibition of works by artists featured in Art Co-Opted
(our curated cooperativein the South Gallery) are presented across the galleries.  Over 30 artists, designers and lenders offer
a diverse selection of functional, decorativeand fine quality works at very reasonable prices.
Many of these handmade, one-of-kind items are only available for a limited time during this show.
Consider unique gifts for your friends and family, or build your own collection this holiday season!

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Memoirs from the 6th Great Extinction features a body of work referencing the endangerment and loss of species and habitats.
Through romanticized portraits, she explores nature and the human condition.  Her surreal paintings are equally beautiful, mysterious, odd and funny,
while incorporating both classical techniques and contemporary adornments.

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The 10th Anniversary 2016-17 Season closed with a blockbuster event!  This exclusive exhibition featured a unique display of art and objects that illustrated the 100+ year history, allure and creative process of stop motion animation. Vivid Increments presented production art, posters, puppets, props, toys and video exploring the genre including King Kong (1933), The Black Scorpion (1957), Jack the Giant Killer (1962), Planet of Dinosaurs (1977), “Gumby” (1980-90’s), Mars Attacks (1996), James and the Giant Peach (1996), ParaNorman (2012) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).

In addition, a series of special educational events featured movie screenings, presentations & workshops
with appearances by experts from the field of stop motion animation.  We were honored to host Stephen C. Wathen, serving as our summer Artist-In-Residence to the programming.  The exhibition was Co-Curated by Dennis Lancaster (Creative Director at Intermission Productions) & William Wilson (Cultural Arts Manager at the Grand) in recognition of those working in this incredible media, from the early pioneers such as Dawley, O'Brien, Pal & Harryhausen,
to the contemporary animation studios of Aardman, Clokey & Laika.

V I V I D   I N C R E M E N T S   S P E C I A L   E V E N T S

Opening Reception

Meet-n-Greet with Dennis Lancaster, Stephen C. Wathen & William Wilson
Saturday, June 10th, 12 to 2 pm

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Animating Gumby
with Stephen C. Wathen
Saturday, June 24th
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All Powerful!  Still Living! – King Kong at the Grand!
Saturday, July 8th

King Kong (1933), plus Herbert Dawley’s Classic Silent Dinosaur Films
The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918) and Along the Moonbeam Trail (1921)
with Jim Aupperle, Steven Austin, Sylvia Czerkas, Ernest Farino, Greg Kulon, Stephen C. Wathen
moderated by Mark Wolf

with Steven Austin, Sylvia Czerkas, Ernest Farino & Mark Wolf
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Dinosaur Stop Motion Experience
Saturday, July 15th

hosted by Jim Aupperle & Stephen C. Wathen
with Jim Aupperle & Stephen C. Wathen

Art Co-Opted

Special exhibits of original artwork, limited editions, and artist-designed products from local, regional and national artists are featured in the South Gallery. Over 1,500 items have been sold since 2009!  These exclusive artworks and products are available at low price points for a limited time only in this unique venue.  

Rotating displays in the Co-Op run concurrent with feature exhibitions.  Art Co-Opted is presented  as the featured exhibition in November and December annually as part of the seasonal Holidays at the Grand programming.

Artists, designers, collectors & gallerists interested in participanting in the Co-Op can find more information about on-going exhibition opportunities here.

Gallery Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • The Galleries are closed in between exhibitions, on most holidays, and during the month of August

Contact Us

Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
715 Central Avenue
Tracy, CA 95376
Phone: 209-831-6TKT (6858)
Fax: 209-831-6271

boxoffice at cityoftracy.org

Facility Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
One hour prior to ticketed performances.

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